No matter where you live or how your school year is unfolding, engaging and powerful programs are just a click away. Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium educators introduce students to amazing Bug Ambassadors and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom. 


What’s included?

  • Live Bug Ambassadors
  • A knowledgeable presenter that loves bugs and kids and is excited to introduce your classroom to their new 6, 8, and many-legged friends
  • Complete technical support to ensure a stress and hassle-free experience
  • Information about how each program supports NGSS standards

Programs are:

  • Adaptable for a wide range of learners and groups—not just for formal, traditional classrooms. Programs can be adapted for home school groups, scouting troops, multi-age classrooms and more.
  • Delivered via Google Meet, Zoom or Microsoft Teams and are accessible to anyone equipped with a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection. 
  • $40 per program.
  • One hour long for grades 1 – 8. Kindergarten programs are 45 minutes long. 
  • Designed to support Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas and NGSS standards. Learn more about the standards that each program addresses here.

Scholarships

Thanks to some generous sponsors, including the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Jane S. Heman Foundation, we’ve been able to offer field trip scholarships to over 100 classes this year (more than a threefold increase from last year). Unfortunately, we have distributed all available scholarships for the 2020/2021 school year. Occasionally, community members ask to sponsor a class in need for a virtual field trip. Click here to add your name to our “wait list” of classes interested in such a sponsorship.


Program Descriptions:

Program descriptions include the grade level or range each program is best suited to support. Most programs can be easily adapted for a variety of ages and grades. The first three programs described below, while still being able to be scaled for a range of ages, specifically address NGSS standards for kindergarten, first and second grades. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and help you pick the program that best fits your needs and interests.

Creative Creatures (K – 5th, ideal for kindergarten):

Standards: “Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals, including humans, need to survive” (NGSS: K-LS1-1)

What would a bug look like if it were perfectly adapted to camouflage with your backyard? In this fun and creative program, students will practice their observation skills on bugs from around the world that are experts in the art of camouflage, discussing how these traits help them to survive. The adventure wraps up with a chance to design an insect, a brand new species, using leaves and other natural elements from around your yard.

Bug Biomimicry (1st – 5th, ideal for 1st grade):

Standards: “Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking plant and animal structures and functions that help them survive, grow and meet their needs” (NGSS: 1-LS1-1)

What kind of inventions can we come up with if we use the bugs around us for inspiration? This program introduces students to our Bug Ambassadors and the inventions that they have inspired. The program is capped off with a simple engineering challenge inspired by water striders that students can do at home with their families.

Powerful Pollinators (2nd – 5th, ideal for 2nd grade):

Standards: “Develop a simple model that mimics the structure and function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants” (NGSS: 2-LS2-2)

This fun program turns students into scientists! Together we’ll explore pollination from the perspective of the many insects that excel at the art of moving pollen. We’ll virtually investigate real pollinator specimens and study a live Bug Ambassador. A post-program take home activity extends the learning experience by helping students understand just how important pollinators are for our ecosystems, and dinner plates!

Super Spiders (1st – 5th): We cover everything from spider anatomy and feeding habits to how they grow and defend themselves. We’ll meet a wide range of spiders and dispel old and inaccurate spider myths.

Beetlemania (3rd – 5th): Did you know that there are more beetle species in the world than there are mammal, bird, fish, and reptile species combined? We’ll learn all about how this beetle diversity developed, what makes a beetle a beetle, and the adaptations that help them survive and thrive in ecosystems around the world.

Little Things, Big Jobs (2nd – 5th): Who runs the world? BUGS! During this fun program, students will get the chance to learn about three major roles arthropods have in our ecosystem. We’ll talk about the importance of pollination, the balancing act of predation, and the dirty and messy world of decomposition.

Millipede vs. Centipede (3rd – 5th): While at first glance millipedes and centipedes might seem like essentially the same animal, we can assure you they are actually quite different! During this program, students will become pros at recognizing the difference between these two amazing animals. You’ll even get to meet our giant African millipedes and we’ll end the program by feeding our largest centipede.

Reach out to Briana Wentworth at 406-317-1211, briana@missoulabutterflyhouse.org or via the form below to schedule and learn more.